The tandoor oven is a special oven that can be found in restaurants and homes all over the world. The tandoori oven uses coal or wood to heat up the tandoor, which gives the tandoor its unique baking abilities. In this article, we will review tandoors/tandoor ovens for your home, as well as what you need to consider when selecting a tandoor oven.
Before going into detail about tandoors you should know what they are and their origins. A tandoor is actually an Indian clay pot that can reach very high temperatures (500 degrees Celsius or around 932 degrees Fahrenheit). Tandoors have been used for thousands of years to cook flatbreads such as naan, tandoori chicken and other meats.
Tandoors need to be heated using either wood or coal. Wood tandoors are the cheapest tandoors you can purchase and they will usually get to about 300 degrees Celsius (572 degrees Fahrenheit). Coal tandoors on the other hand will get much hotter than a wood tandoor; some coal tandoors reach temperatures of 700 degrees Celsius (1292 degrees Fahrenheit). Coal tandoors tend to burn at a lower temperature, which is better for cooking meat like lamb and beef.
Making your own tandoor oven isn’t an easy task and it requires time and knowledge of how to build one. If you would like to make your very own tandoor oven, there are tandoor oven plans available to you online.
There are many tandoor ovens for sale on the market today. Most tandoors for sale in North America are made in India and Pakistan; they usually retail around $200 or more. You can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 if you want a tandoor that is more like the tandoors used in restaurants (coal tandoors cost more than wood tandoors).